A kindness wall at Armley Junction cafe WILL stay after café owners reached an agreement with council officers.
More than 700 people had signed an online petition after Leeds City Council officials wrote to bosses at the pay as you feel cafe, threatening the owners with a fine up to £1,000 if their ‘kindness wall’ wasn’t removed.
They claimed the wall – which allows local residents to donate unwanted clothes, books and toys for those in need – was an ‘obstruction’ on the pavement and ‘could cause injury to pedestrians or disabled persons’.
But a deal was thrashed out yesterday between council officials and café management which will allow the wall to stay, subject to conditions.
In a council letter sent to café owner Adam Smith, conditions included:
- Regular monitoring of the wall be café staff
- Installation of signs to explain how the wall should be used
- No glass or sharp items to be left
- Installation of foam cushioning on edges of shelves
Council also officers agreed the wall posed little obstruction to the footpath.
In a video posted on Wednesday, before yesterday’s meeting, Armley Junktion’s Nigel Stone argued the wall was not an obstruction:
Armley Junktion is the world’s first ‘Pay as you feel’ café sourced entirely by intercepted food which is destined for waste. It provides the intercepted food for customers who can pay and/or contribute according to what their means will allow.